While some of Europe tilts right, British voters turn left to Labour Party and a new prime minister

Labour Leader Keir Starmer poised to become Britain's next prime minister.

Published: July 4, 2024 7:03pm

Updated: July 4, 2024 11:29pm

British voters frustrated by a sluggish economy voted to oust their conservative party from power after 14 years of rule, and turn to liberal Labour Leader Keir Starmer to be their next prime minister.

Exit polls showed the Labour Party was poised for a landslide victory, ending Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's turbulent tenure.

"To everyone who has campaigned for Labour in this election, to everyone who voted for us and put their trust in our changed Labour Party - thank you," Starmer wrote on the X social platform after the exit polling was made public.

Nigel Farage, an ally of Donald Trump and the architect of the Brexit movement, won his first ever Parliament seat as his upstart Reform Party captured an unexpected four seats.

While parts of Europe have been turning to conservatives in this year's election, British voters went in the opposite direction after years of bumbling and failed promises from their ruling conservative party.

Starmer and his Labor colleagues promised to revive an economy that never shook its pandemic doldrums and to move Great Britain quicker into a clean energy future.

The exit polls showed Labour on track to secure 410 seats in Parliament, while the conservatives would drop to 131 seats.


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